December 20, 2012

FINAL DRAWINGS


Dear team,

We finished the series BUILDING EMOTIONS yesterday, when Architecture to Converse was presented in Alicante.

My last month and a half in Ottawa has passed very fast... and all of us know that when time flies it means that one has had a great experience!
When preparing the aims for this course, it was important to bear in mind that it consisted of an exercise of just one and a half months. I am used to formulate a course spanning a whole year, giving importance to the Process and, from there, to the Reflection.
I have also been invited for a week-workshop, or even only two-days workshop, just a weekend, when one values the process.
In our case, 6 weeks gives no time for Reflection, so my aim was to establish a Process that will make you reflect as soon as the course is finished. This is a Retroactive Reflection for this Xmas!

The first part of the year, RE-READING STORIES OF HOUSES, started working with Reality, with examples of existing houses that owed their origins to the specific culture of their clients. This is clearly an intellectual position that defends architecture as a Comparative Study. The exercise consisted of upgrading architecture from the 20th century to the 21st. It is true that at the beginning some of you considered it as a very theoretical course, although we finished even designing a technical detail drawing and a manifesto where all of you acknowledged the importance of this Method.

And this is precisely our key word, Method, which we have tried to develop in the Studio.

The second part, BUILDING EMOTIONS, was a course for full Production. Starting from very well known activities at our homes, the research was developed when constructing an installation. The agreement was that you had to take a Risk, to work with the known but to go beyond and into the unknown. Therefore, you would need to ask for help to an Expert.
I hope this exercise makes you Reflect. Although Canadians live in a very safe a stable society, the world is changing dramatically. Think that Athens was celebrating the Olympics just eight years ago! ... and all of us already know what is going on in Spain.
Still, even in the case of Canada, a country starting a new present of opportunities, you, as architects, will be asked to participate to construct the new future.
Therefore all these changes, for bad or for good, oblige you to learn a method for going beyond, asking for help. Imagine you could design and build all your installations again and question who would be your collaborators: engineers, industrial designers, sociologists, artists or professors of theory.

Please don't forget to upload the Final Drawing of your installation (It consists of a board 10" x 10" with drawings and a short description of the project, where the technique of the drawing itself has to refer to the aim of the project. That means, each group has to find the most appropriate design of the board to communicate the most).

Lastly, I asked the students in Alicante to describe the most positive points of this international experience, as well as comment on what can be improved in case we repeat the collaboration. I would appreciate that whose who haven’t done it yet (including the Canadian colleagues), would write this short text and send to me via email.

We keep in touch. Happy Xmas and the best for 2013!
javier


Relax installation

The installation panel | where everything is described




Video of our final installation | where amazing happens

The installation book | building relax


The most important thing | People who helped us


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Dining installation



Our system...





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Area to Converse
Building Emotions





BUILDING EMOTIOS_G4_WELCOME






G5, SPACE FOR DREAMING




December 15, 2012

BUILDING ARCHITECTURE TO CONVERSE / UA



















































































Firstly, the references on which we have based our installation are the classic yard neighbors, in contrast, the virtual conversation that has begun to happen in the last decades and involves a remote communication and create a system of universal communication.





Our installation consists in the union of three spaces, two singles and one central where it is produced the transmission of the communication.

 
Here are a few sections and views of the construction.


How will the message be transmitted in the system?

We decided to create several types of common conversations that can arise for example when you meet someone for the first time (we consider this because the two people who are going to be conversing they aren't going to see through the glass that we polarized incorporated in the windows of the installation) and have developed in several threads as shown in the diagram, thus several choices to
users.
These messages will be converted  in virtual spaces previously defined by features attributed to emotions. This transformation will carry out projections through the central space.













Instructions for use of the installation inside the cabines



With this project, we are taking the emotions that conversation transmits at that moment, and the set of emotions will be created in a  virtual space defined by textures, colors, lights, sounds and occasionally dimensions.



Example:

- What do you like?

From here we extract the emotions that can provoke this question: freedom, pleasure, happiness ... and we associate the previous characteristics: open spaces, white colors, crystals, sounds nice...

- 'I'm sad / distressed

Emotions would anguish, despair, oppression ... and the space created would be represented by a space that decreases its dimensions, that of feeling cold, gray colors, sounds sad ...

The spaces we create are not spaces that signify a message, but they are to communicate that message when we are inside.



CONNECTION MESSAGE-SPACE

BYE
end, distance, 

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ALLRIGHT
positivism, balance

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CINEMA
enterteiment, intrigue, have fun

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CREATE
originality, fun, unusual 

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I MISS SOMEBODY
homesickness, sorrow

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ENTERTAINING
fun, time

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HAPPY
harmony, peace

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HELLO, HOW ARE YOU?
curiosity, empathy, welcome

video


READ
intimacy, solitude, imagination, culture

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afraid of HEIGHTS
vertigo, overwhelmed, stress

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MONEY
happiness, authority

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NOTHING
emptiness

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DARKNESS
Fear, insecurity, despair

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WHY
intrigue, doubt

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HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS
fun, happiness, joy


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WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?
fear, intrigue, oppression


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WHAT DO YOU LIKE?
freedom, fun, pleasure

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HEALTH
happiness, welfare


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I FEEL FREE
satisfaction, freedom


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I FEEL LONELY
sadness, disappointment, hopelessness



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JOB
responsability, happiness, stability, stress



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SAD
oppression, despair


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